Samsung Electronics Co. will start taking pre-orders for its second tablet-style foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Fold 2, on Wednesday ahead of wide availability on Sept. 18. Touting significant display and hinge upgrades, the company kept the price nearly unchanged at $1,999.
The most immediate improvement is to the new foldable’s exterior screen, which now spans 6.2 inches and functions much more like a conventional smartphone. Internally, Samsung has slimmed the bezels around the 7.6-inch main display and covered it with ultra thin glass, the same material as used in its smaller Galaxy Z Flip handset, which has shown itself more resilient to scratches. The Android-powered Fold 2 also comes with fifth-generation wireless networking and what Samsung claims are its best speakers in any Galaxy device to date.